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American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore

(4.5/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Dedicated to the unusual creations of the "outsider art" movement, American Visionary Art Museum features more than 4,000 works off-the-wall, unorthodox pieces. Known also as "raw art" or "self-taught art," visionary works displayed in the museum focus primarily on self-discovery, individuality, timelessness, and exploration of the mind. You'll find that the museum generally has no permanent curators, as its community-based approach means that most are brought in as guests. Regardless of your artistic leanings, you can view the pieces and learn about the "visionaries" creating them. Check the museum's website for information regarding special tours, art talks, and traveling exhibits. American Visionary Art Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Baltimore Edition.
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  • This Museum has a very " Modern Flare " to it , If you like some very original items , You'll love this place ... will probably take around an hour to see everything , and there's a gift shop as well ...  more »
  • This one-of-a-kind museum located in Federal HIll (baltimore) provides a fascinating experience in non typical art. Great gift shop and a restaurant onsite. Be sure to notice the exterior art as well ...  more »
  • Funky, flashy and a little offbeat, this place is great! Not as interesting for younger kids, but the creativity exhibited in the art is rather wonderful. 
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  • I love this museum and return to it again and again --- almost always with a grandchild 10 or younger. If ever there was a place to feast your eyes on the fantastic and wonderful, this is it. Beautiful, expressive art, much of it unfiltered by any intellectual "meaning," allowing the artist to express him or herself directly through the materials at hand. And what amazing material they are! Definitely worth a detour. Not to be missed.
  • Truly an adventurous journey into an unexpected universe. Some of the works are astounding, others perhaps kitschy, but all are interesting and immerse the senses. An art museum for people who would like to rediscover the truly extraordinary boundaries of artistic expression. Also notable are the detailed and well-written backgrounders on each artist's life, including struggles and triumphs in the human journey of self-discovery. A must-see.
  • I really adored this museum. I would give it 6 stars if I could. That was till I saw some trite quote from Zooey ( a skid mark on contemporary culture) Deshchanel about picnics. All of your artist deserve better. Julian. x
  • An impressively large but still quirky establishment in Baltimore. It's a must-see if you like folk art, but even if you don't really like it that much, it's still worth a visit at least once. If you HATE folk art, this is not the place for you. If you go, don't miss the annex outside the main museum. It has a really cool collection of mechanical automatons and a gigantic, rotating Divine. The upstairs of the museum has a cafe which looked nice but I didn't go in. The gift shop is one of the more entertaining gift shops I've ever been in. It has an X-rated section, so keep an eye on your kids.
  • This is hands down my favorite museum. So many quirky things to see, it's a very fun and free spirited space to enjoy. The gift shop might as well be another exhibit, it's worth the browse even if you don't plan to buy. They also have great summer events like the kinetic sculpture race and movies on the hill.